For Minnesotans, Memorial Day weekend is about honoring those who have died in service to their country, and also about enjoying the long weekend that marks the traditional start to summer. For many, that might mean enjoying family time together outside, whether it is picnicking, boating, hiking, fishing or any of a range of other recreational activities. Minnesota state parks and trails are open, state-managed water accesses are available, and dispersed camping in state forests is open to folks wanting a wilderness-like experience. Other public lands, including wildlife management areas and scientific and natural areas, are also open to public use. So, despite the [...]
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will reopen its campgrounds at state parks, state forests and recreation areas in a phased approach beginning June 1. Gov. Tim Walz announced that public and private campgrounds may reopen beginning June 1, if they create a Preparedness Plan and follow State of Minnesota campground guidelines. “We look forward to welcoming overnight visitors back to DNR-managed camping and lodging facilities in June,” said DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen. “Our staff are already out conducting assessments of campsite conditions and preparing to receive visitors. We will open as much as we can on June 1, but this will [...]
A Mankato Menard's employee reports being slapped by a customer after asking the customer to leave because they were not wearing a facemask. Menard's requires customers to wear facemasks in the store. Mankato Public Safety Officials say surveillance video should help identify the suspect who could be facing assault charges.
The Mankato Area Foundation (MAF) is excited to announce the recent recipients of the Women’s Giving Circle (WGC)’s 2nd Quarter grants. A total of $7,500 was granted to the following three programs, with each program receiving $2,500. Feeding Our Communities Partners – Backpack Food Program Community Response Fund Partners for Affordable Housing Since the establishment of the Women’s Giving Circle in 2019, the program has distributed $57,750 to nonprofit organizations in Blue Earth and Nicollet counties. Quarterly, members of the WGC gather to determine projects and programs to support through a nomination and voting process. Although the group has not been able [...]
On 05/21/20 at approximately 0221 hours Officers from the Mankato Department of Public Safety and first responders were called to a drug overdose incident at an apartment on Monks Avenue in the City of Mankato. First responders found three overdose victims. Life-saving measures were performed, however, one of the victims was pronounced dead at the scene. The other two victims were transported to MCHS. One was admitted to the ICU and one was treated and released. All three victims were male adults in their 20’s. Deceased: Marcus Kory Krogh, 23, of Mankato. The Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force [...]
The Walz administration is using the story of a supposedly illicit graduation ceremony to demonstrate why large gatherings are still prohibited in the state. Kris Ehresmann with the State Health Department says they confirmed someone involved in setting up the event turned out to be infected with COVID-19. "While the ill individual did not participate in the ceremony itself, the two individuals with whom they had contact, did facilitate the ceremony. And the ceremony did involve individuals walking up to receive their diploma." Ehresmann did not provide more details of the event, except to say it occur ed in Minnesota. She [...]
The Minnesota Department of Transportation encourages all motorists who choose to travel during the 2020 Memorial Day holiday weekend to focus on safety when driving through work zones and when interacting with others off the road. “Minnesotans have a long tradition of observing Memorial Day with travel to meet with and support family and friends throughout the state,” said MnDOT Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher. “While MnDOT traditionally promotes safe travel – especially through work zones – we also want to remind all travelers this year to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by maintaining social distancing, keeping travel close to home [...]
Every May, mental health awareness focuses on promoting steps for better mental wellness. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and resulting social isolation, awareness of mental health has never been more important. Blue Earth County is recognizing this month by reminding the community that mental health services continue to be available despite the closure of buildings to walk-in traffic. Appointment times are available for psychiatric medication management and individual therapy for new referrals and existing clients. “While many things have changed, one thing at our clinic remains the same: our commitment to your mental health,” said Sara Emich, Mental Health Center Supervisor. [...]
May 22, 8 – 9 am Legislative Session Recap Virtual Discussion with Legislators – Join your colleagues and our regional legislators as Greater Mankato Growth hosts a virtual discussion to recap the 2020 legislative session. May 29, 8 – 9 am Virtual Discussion with Representative Jim Hagedorn – Representative Hagedorn will provide an update on some of the top issues in Washington D.C. – particularly the Federal Government’s efforts to support businesses as they grapple with the impact of COVID-19.
Mankato-The following roads have been temporarily closed as part of the Germania Park reconstruction project: Fourth Avenue (from Spruce to Pine streets) Fifth Avenue (from Spruce to Pine streets) Sixth Avenue (from Pine Street north to its dead end) Chestnut Street (from Fifth to Third Avenues) Spruce Street (from Fifth to Third Avenues) Roads are expected to open later this summer (weather permitting).